East County News Service
August 4, 2016 – Today, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed a tribal-state Gaming Compact between the State of California and the Jamul Indian Village of California. This compact affirms JIV’s partnership and government-to-government relationship with the State.
“JIV is very grateful to Governor Brown for making this agreement possible. The compact creates an economic environment that allows the Tribe to transition to self-sufficiency and to contribute to other Tribes, the community and local government,” said Jamul Indian Village Chairwoman Erica Pinto.
The compact term is 25 years and, among other things, includes contributions to protect wildlife and habitat. The compact also provides incentives that will allow the Tribe to continue to partner with and invest in the local community.
“Through this compact, JIV reaffirms its commitment to working with the County on fire service, law enforcement and road improvements,” said Chairwoman Pinto. “The Tribe also seeks to develop projects designed to preserve historical buildings, landmarks and objects of cultural significance that provide a mutual benefit to the Tribe and the local community.”
JIV has persevered for more than 15 years to develop this casino project on its federally recognized reservation in East County, San Diego. The Tribe has faced various legal challenges from Jamul residents but to date none have prevailed.
“Through the resilience of tribal elders, tribal council and partners, Hollywood Casino Jamul-San Diego is expected to open this summer. The Tribe indicates that it looks forward to being able to improve the health, safety and general welfare of its members,” a press release states.
The Tribe now prepares for the opening of Hollywood Casino Jamul-San Diego that is expected to employ more than 1,000 permanent workers, and will include a three-story gaming and entertainment facility featuring slot machines, live table games, multiple restaurants, bars and lounges and an enclosed parking structure.
About Jamul Indian Village
The Kumeyaay Nation of Southern California can be traced back 12,000 years with first European contact occurring at San Diego Bay in 1524. JIV, one of 13 bands of the Kumeyaay Nation federally recognized as a sovereign nation, traces its roots to these natives. A press release issued by JIV states,” JIV strives to provide a greater quality of life for its people. Providing educational opportunities, health care and sufficient housing today will open the doors of tomorrow.”